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HWS Professors Critique Bush Press Conference

Two political science professors call comments misleading and questionable

Geneva, N.Y. — Two Hobart and William Smith Colleges political science professors have critiqued a transcript of President George W. Bush's March 6 press conference in which Bush repeated past charges against the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein, voiced his negative assessment of the United Nations inspections regime, and described his vision for a post-Hussein Iraq.

“Unfortunately, President Bush's comments were riddled with misleading claims and questionable rhetorical maneuvers. As scholars and citizens, we are deeply concerned by these flaws in the President's case for war. As this country moves closer to military action, it is imperative that Americans consider all the evidence available in a sustained and critical way,” said Assistant Professors Virginia Tilley and Kevin Dunn, who have reviewed, paragraph by paragraph, the transcript of the press conference.

“Our basic goal is simply to bring more critical focus on what some have seen as Bush's overwhelming evidence, by pointing out some of his rhetorical maneuvers, misrepresentations of facts, questionable interpretations of evidence,” said Tilley and Dunn.

The full transcript and accompanying critique can be found at

Additional information on Kevin Dunn can be found at

Additional information on Virginia Tilley can be found at

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions, located in Geneva, N.Y.–the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The Colleges, which have a combined enrollment of 1,800, offer a remarkably broad array of majors and minors, with a cross-disciplinary flavor intended to better inform both professional and intellectual pursuits. The Colleges are noted also for an ambitious emphasis on international study and for their programs in community service. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities, and curriculum, but maintain separate dean's offices, athletics programs, student governments, and traditions.